Martha Siegel


Martha J. Siegel is a Professor of Mathematics at Towson University.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a special student during my years at Sage. My graduate work was done at theUniversity of Rochester, where I earned the Ph.D. in 1969. My thesis, “On Birth and Death Processes,” was in the area of stochastic processes. From 1966 until 1971, I taught at Goucher College in Baltimore. Since 1971, I have been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at Towson University, first as Associate Professor, and promoted to Professor in 1978. I served as chair of the department from 2000-2003.

I have been co-PI, and am now the PI, for the NSF-funded CoSMiC Scholars program at Towson University. This scholarship program (S-STEM) for eligible undergraduates majoring in mathematics, computing sciences or MB3 has been funded by NSF (2002-2014) providing more than $1.5 million for student support. Professors Gail Gasparich and Gabriele Meiselwitz are active participants in the project. Professor Emerita Joyce C. Little was the first PI.

My mathematical interests continue to be in the area of probability, applied mathematics and modeling. I did a post-doc at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Operations Research and Mental Health in 1977-78 under grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation.

From January 1991 until January 1996, I was the Editor of Mathematics Magazine, a journal of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). I served on the Executive Committee of the MAA from 1991 to 2010, and as Secretary of the Association from 1996 to 2010. I am the current chair of the MAA Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM). For many years, I have been on the MAA Consultants list and am experienced as a program reviewer.

I am a founding member of the Maryland Mathematics and Science Coalition. At Towson University, I have received the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences’ Outstanding Faculty Award as well as the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the University. For most of my career, I have been a member of the Towson University Senate, and for more than 10 years I have been a representative of Towson to the Council of University System Faculty (CUSF) of the University System of Maryland. I have served as chair of CUSF twice.

Other interests have been in developing the collegiate curriculum and I have contributed in various ways to the mathematical community in this area. I am the author (with Larry Goldstein and David Schneider) of Finite Mathematics and Its Applications, 10th Edition, Pearson Higher Education, 2008 and have been part of the authoring team with Sheldon Gordon, Ben Fusaro, Florence Gordon, and Alan Tucker of the precalculus “reform” text, Functioning in the Real World, prepared with support of the NSF, and published by Pearson Higher Education.

I am a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Association for Women in Mathematics, and Pi Mu Epsilon.

Grandson Sydney, and granddaughters Natalie and Joel.  Daughter, Rachel, has a degree in mathematics from Union College in Schenectady, NY and a Masters of Arts in Math Ed from Stanford.  Son, Norman, is an attorney in Kansas City, MO.

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